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GABO: THE CRE­ATION OF GABRIEL GAR­CíA MáRQUEZ

The sim­ple facts of Colom­bian au­thor Gabriel Gar­cía Márquez’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life make for an en­gag­ing enough doc­u­men­tary, from his roots in the vil­lage of Ara­cat­aca — which he would later use as the ba­sis for the town of Ma­condo in

One Hun­dred Years of Soli­tude — to his ca­reer as a jour­nal­ist, his friend­ship with Fidel Cas­tro, and his in­fa­mous ri­valry with Peru­vian writer Mario Var­gas Llosa. The film tells th­ese sto­ries through ex­ten­sive in­ter­views with the No­bel Prize win­ner’s con­tem­po­raries, ad­mir­ers, schol­ars, and fam­ily mem­bers, some read­ing snip­pets of his works, in­clud­ing (some­what in­con­gru­ously) Bill Clin­ton. But con­sid­er­ing Gar­cía Márquez’s sta­tus as the fa­ther of mag­i­cal real­ism, it’s too bad this bi­o­graph­i­cal por­trait isn’t pre­sented in a more imag­i­na­tive style. Not rated. 90 min­utes. In Span­ish with English sub­ti­tles. The Screen. (Molly Boyle)

THE PAS­SION­ATE THIEF

Mario Mon­i­celli’s 1960 com­edy, which pokes fun at the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and mildly spoofs La Dolce Vita, ar­rives in Santa Fe in a newly re­stored print. Anna Mag­nani plays a strug­gling ac­tress who gets in­volved in some petty crime and sig­nif­i­cant de­bauch­ery with an ex-boyfriend (Totò) and a pick­pocket (Ben Gaz­zara) across sev­eral par­ties on New Year’s Eve. Not rated. 106 min­utes. In Ital­ian with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Not re­viewed)

Fa­therly ad­vice: Will Fer­rell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy’s Home, at Re­gal DeVar­gas, Re­gal Sta­dium 14, and Dream­Catcher in Es­pañola

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